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AV Boiler Shop, c1920s

AV Boiler Shop, c1920s


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Filename: S14 045.jpg

Size: 2403 x 3000 (799KB)

Date: 11th May 2007

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

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AV Boiler Shop, c1920s

Boiler suspended vertically from crane

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

Media ID 457403

© STEAM Picture Library 2007 - All Rights Reserved

Boiler Swindon


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This print from the STEAM Museum of the GWR takes us back in time to the 1920s, offering a glimpse into the bustling AV Boiler Shop in Swindon. The image showcases an extraordinary sight that is both awe-inspiring and thought-provoking. Suspended gracefully from a towering crane, a massive boiler commands attention as it hangs vertically, defying gravity with its sheer size and weight. The atmosphere surrounding this industrial marvel is palpable; one can almost hear the clanging of metal against metal and feel the heat radiating from within. The skilled workers who labored tirelessly in this shop are hidden behind their creation's imposing presence, yet their dedication and expertise are evident in every rivet and weld. As we contemplate this photograph, we cannot help but be struck by its historical significance. It serves as a testament to an era when craftsmanship was paramount, where human ingenuity pushed boundaries to create machines that would power progress for generations to come. While not explicitly mentioned for commercial use, it is impossible not to acknowledge how crucial such boilers were for powering locomotives during that time period. These mighty engines relied on these very structures to generate immense amounts of steam necessary for their operation. This particular boiler represents countless others produced at Swindon Works – each playing an integral role in propelling trains across vast distances. In preserving this moment frozen in time through photography, STEAM Museum allows us to appreciate both the beauty and magnitude of industrial heritage. It encourages us to reflect upon our own technological advancements while paying homage to those who paved the way before us – reminding us that progress is built upon foundations laid by dedicated individuals like those captured here at AV Boiler Shop over nine decades ago.

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